pepperfall wrote:here's my theory.....get rid of the europeans...they're only in it for the money.
the sedins make as much in 2 periods of regular season play as they would winning a Stanley Cup...
so why beat the crap out of yourself for 6 to 8 weeks for the same dough...
the people in sweden don't give a fat rats ass about the Stanley Cup ( they play great in the Olympics...don't they?)
If canadian teams want to win the Stanley Cup get Canadian (at least North American ) players .........DUH.........
Until then, welcome to mediocraty..............
Yet oddly, in the last ten years the Conn Smythe trophy has been awarded to Europeans three times (Lidström, Malkin, Zetterberg), ie 30% of the time, despite them making up less than 25% of the players in the league.
Not only do they not care about winning the Cup, they also fool all the experts into believeing that they do.
Good thing that you are on to them.
But don't worry, your wish is being fulfilled as we speak.
In 2003/04, the last season before the lockout, there were 275 European skaters in the NHL, a whooping 30% of the player total. This season the number had fallen to a 195, or just under 22%, that means the number of Europeans playing in the NHL has fallen by nearly a third. The only "major" European hockey nation that is bucking the trend is Sweden. The season before the lockout there were 49 Swedish skaters in the NHL, today there are 59. Other than that, it's all downhill:
The number of Russians has fallen from 66 in 00/01 to 22 in 11/12. Two thirds are gone.
The number of Czechs has fallen from 71 in 01/02 to just 40 this season. More than 40% gone.
There were 36 Slovaks in the league in 03/04, now there are 10. More than 70% gone.
The Finns peaked in 01/02 with 36 skaters and are now down to 21. More than 40% gone.
It's even more drastic when you look at rookies. In 00/01 there were 60 NHL rookies coming from the Big Five European nations (RUS, CZH, SWE, FIN, SLK), in 11/12 there were 30. The number has been halved.
If you exclude Sweden, that has gone from 6 to 17 in that period, the other four have dropped from 54 to 13, or by 75%.
That's a whole lot of talent that the NHL misses out on.
In 00/01 there were 14 Slovak rookies taking their first strides on NHL ice. This year there was only one; a guy named Milan Kytnar, who played one (1) game for Edmonton...
The truth is simply that the NHL is no longer the league of choice for many East European players who can earn as much with less of a commute and without having to learn English in the KHL.
The number of Canadians has remained fairly stable. Roughly 54%.
481skaters in 00/01 and 480 this season, with a high of 494 (55%) in 03/04 and a low of 444 (52%) in 06/07.
Instead it's the Yanks that pick up the slack. They have increased from 133 (15%) in 00/01 to 219 (almost 25%) this season.
I don't know. Imho the average Russian, Czech, Finn or Swede is at least as passionate about hockey as the average Joe in the US of A. Shrug. But I guess you, Tim Thomas and Don Cherry know better.